Supported by team members across the nation, the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Colorado is leading the development effort as NASA’s prime contractor for the Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle. Image credit: NASA
Creating a next-generation space transportation system is an undertaking of astronomical proportions. The Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) design team has incorporated cutting-edge technology garnered through collaborative efforts with every NASA center and hundreds of industry experts across the country.
The MPCV Program Office, located at Houston's Johnson Space Center, is leading this historic development effort. As the home of America's Astronaut Corps and Mission Control, the center is responsible for the MPCV's crew and service modules, crew training, flight operations, spacesuits and mockup facilities.
Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is a partner in the development of the MPCV crew and service modules and spacecraft adapter, and has reconditioned an existing facility to support the entire suite of environmental qualification tests for the integrated MPCV vehicle.
Known for its expertise in testing and launch systems, Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, in partnership with Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is leading development of the MPCV launch abort system. The newly renovated Operations and Checkout facility will host the manufacture and assembly of the MPCV spacecraft on site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. With new renovations underway to create a 21st century spaceport, Kennedy will take the lead for the MPCV 's pre-flight processing and launch operations.
On the west coast, Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, leads the MPCV's flight test vehicle integration and operations and coordinates with White Sands Test Facility on the design, construction and management for the launch and ground facilities at White Sands Missile Range, near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Engineers at Ames Research Center in Moffett, California, conduct wind tunnel tests to simulate various launch abort conditions the spacecraft might encounter, and performs testing of the MPCV heatshield in the Ames arc jet facility.
NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, has been instrumental in fabricating and constructing the MPCV spacecraft test vehicle to be used in ground and flight test operations.